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October 2008

Craft makes a comeback: Monocle on “Made in Europe” and the rise of real provenance. Plus, all the finishing touches in our Accessories Directory.

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Europe briefing

Four young countries hold autumn elections, Finland's celebrity priests cause consternation, and Italy's drivers have a death wish.

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Americas briefing

The Brazilian president's choice of transport, crimefighting in El Salvador and why brows are furrowed over a new three-wheeler in the US.

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Welcome home

From fashion through to toys, outsourced production lines are closing down and the spotlight is being placed firmly back on local industries and economies. As well as the individual benefits companies stand to gain from…

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Oceania briefing

Australia tackles tax evasion on Vanuatu, New Zealand uses music to fight antisocial behaviour and the tiny state of Timor-Leste gets its own airline.

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Architecture/design briefing

**Briefing:** A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Fashion briefing

A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Inventory no.17

New guide books from Le Cool, retro Portuguese soaps, elegant Japanese disposable plates, Swiss wooden toys, plus a special round-up of chewing gum brands from around the world.

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Capital idea

Founded 32 years ago, Nigerian capital Abuja was a utopian dream. But it became marred by corruption and few could afford to live there. Today, as the cranes return, its new minister is attempting to forge a truly African…

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Just for the record

In 1997, four former DJs and vinyl enthusiasts managed to get hold of a record pressing machine. Today, small independent studios and big record companies alike are queueing up for Vinylium’s services.

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War on truth

During the conflict in South Ossetia, western media were given free access by the Georgian government, while on the Russian side, foreign journalists were being either arrested or herded around by the military. In both…

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Born days

In the second of a monthly series of international street profiles, we hotfoot it to Carrer del Rec, in Barcelona’s El Born district, for mid-century furniture, cocktails and the best burgers in town.

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Heartland of gold

This month in our series on emerging business hubs, we visit Kansas City, Missouri, where big companies and small start-ups are investing in America’s heartland. Meanwhile the region’s low prices are also luring in new…

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Hit the decks

Toss the MP3 player and turn your living room into a sonorific salon with the following hardware.

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My last meal: Francesco Ricci Bitti

As president of the International Tennis Federation, Francesco Ricci Bitti spends much of his time travelling, courting oligarchs to invest in tennis. Wherever he pitches up, however, he opts for simple fare such as that…

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Travel briefing

The world's highest hotel opens in Shanghai, a Q&A with Priya Paul of India's Park Hotels, plus essential Lisbon addresses.

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Back on the radar

Spanish shipbuilders have seen out the storms and now, thanks to booming global demand, their order books are full. But as the yards launch ships for the Australian navy and the world’s biggest dredgers, could the tide turn…

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The Big Frieze

A London October used to be known for falling leaves, drizzle and an uneventful art sales calendar. Auction house Sotheby’s saved its strength – and its best lots – for New York’s crucial sales in November. But then, in…

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Montserrat

Montserrat, the original heart of Buenos Aires, blends architectural elegance with the bustle of a small town where the shopkeepers know your name. Close to the centre but far from the tourist crush, it’s ideal for a pied…

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